Scituate: Need to makeover public buildings recognized; veterans officer named

Tuesday night, the Scituate Board of Selectmen said “it’s time to dream big”, after concluding town buildings need a makeover or complete rebuild. Selectmen discussed including a feasibility study in the town’s capital plan to investigate the conditions of all buildings, including schools, and analyze renovating, rebuilding, swapping, or combining department buildings.

Selectman John Danehey stated “doing nothing, changes nothing” and now Scituate needs to act, “If you look at our facilities, with the fire station and police station they’re over 60 years old, the middle school a hundred years old. And you know this may be an opportunity to consolidate some of the elementary schools to have three instead of four.”

Selectmen noted the mass overhaul will be very expensive, but needed. Chair Anthony Vegnani said once the study is complete, public hearings will be held to see if the town has an appetite to improve town property.

The long awaited position of Veterans Service Officer was also filled at the meeting. With 20 years of U.S Coast Guard experience, Donald Knapp said he’s ready to be his hometown’s part-time VSO.

Knapp explained veterans in Scituate need help but don’t know who to turn to. His first goal is to interact with his fellow residents, “To get the word out there. To let people know that we are here now. We want to help them, we encourage them to come see us, and I think that’s one of the big things is the communication part.”

Last month, Scituate formerly combined veterans services with Hingham and Knapp said he wants to mirror the extensive program Hingham already has.

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